Friday Lit Links

  • December 19, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Libyan poet and translator Khaled Mattawa was recently announced as one of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipients, and in an interview with NPR, he talks about the translations that informed and inspired his writing style. We wish congratulations to 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste and Joanne Leedom-Ackerman for being nominated to the...
  • December 12, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews An exciting new discovery was recently made in Northern China: a tomb, dated approximately 1,000 years old, contained no human remains, but was filled with colorful murals and poetry. In the wake of protests around the world, the Mantle wonders if hashtag activism is actually effective in eliciting real change. In an interactive digital form...
  • December 5, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews We sadly note the passing of two literary greats this week: first, former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand, who passed away at the age of 80; second, Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour, who passed away in Cairo at the age of 68. As part of the BBC’s radio program Foreign Bodies, Zygmunt Miłoszewski and Joanna Jodelka reflect on how Polish crime fiction has...
  • MIa Couto
    November 21, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    2014 Neustadt Prize Laureate Mia Couto News, Reviews, and Interviews Last weekend, PEN International asked the international literary community to stand in solidarity against censorship, recognizing several authors currently facing imprisonment for their works. This week, the Arabic Literature (in English) blog responds with additional imprisoned authors that de...
  • Berlin Wall. Photo by Joede Sousa.
    November 14, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Joede Sousa News, Reviews, and Interviews This week, the world remembered the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place 25 years ago on November 9, 1989. This week, the Mantle provided a summary of the PEN World Voices Festival, which focused on Central European literature since the fall. (For more on how literature has changed in Central Europ...
  • Maaza Mengiste
    November 7, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Maaza Mengiste. Photo by Shevaun Williams News, Reviews, and Interviews Maaza Mengiste spoke with Mantle contributor Emmanuel Iduma this week about her photography projects, her writing process, and the inspiration behind her novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze. Two new issues of note to make sure you read this month: first, Poetry’s Transl...
  • Mia Couto receiving the Neustadt feather. Photo by Vanesssa Rudloff.
    October 31, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Mia Couto receiving the Neustadt feather. Photo by Vanesssa Rudloff. Thank you to all of our readers who supported the 2014 Neustadt Festival last week! It was a wonderful celebration of Mia Couto and African literature. Even if you weren’t able to make it in person, you can view the photos, read the Neustadt blog, and like the Neustadt Prize Facebook page to learn more about this year’s festivi...
  • October 17, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Join us in congratulating Patrick Modiano for winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature! Last week, publishing giant HarperCollins announced a new venture in German literature: HarperCollins Germany will expand the company’s Harlequin Hamburg offices and publish 50 new titles annually. Are poets a threat to US security? The Washington Post...
  • October 10, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews French novelist Patrick Modiano has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.  Last week, Laila Lalami spoke to NPR about her new novel, The Moor’s Account, which tells the story of a disastrous Spanish expedition in 1528. (You can also read Lalami’s essay “So to Speak” from the September 2009 issue of WLT, which was a finalist in...
  • October 3, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Writing for the Kenyon Review, Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa guides readers through the process of inspiration, translation, and writing poetry. The American Literary Translation Association announced the six very talented translators who will make up this year’s group of ALTA Fellows. Congrats, all! We were saddened to hear this week’s news th...
  • September 26, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week, readers everywhere (us included) celebrated Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read and authors whose books have been challenged, banned, and censored because of their content. Below, find reading lists, author interviews, and general news about banned and challenged books from around the world. News, Reviews, and Interviews Responding to Etgar Keret’s...
  • September 19, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews In one of the most controversial articles to circle the web recently, NPR writer and critic Juan Vidal wonders what has happened to political poets. (For an additional perspective, we invite you to read Rachel Tzvia Back’s essay on the poetry of protest in Israel from the May-August double issue of WLT.) Speculation about the 2014 Nobel Priz...
  • September 12, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews During the Edinburgh International Book Festival, author Michael Rosen asked a controversial question: what is the point of books? To honor the country she called home during her childhood, over 3,000 books from Doris Lessing’s personal collection are making their way to a library in Zimbabwe. Our very own editor in chief, Daniel Simon, spoke with Na...
  • August 29, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews This week, the world mourned the passing of Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim. In her first New York City appearance in over 10 years, Herta Müller discusses her life and her writing with author and translator Claire Messud. Translated fiction is booming in British markets, fueled by popular Scandinavian and Arabic authors, according to this recent...
  • August 22, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews After years of civil war and conflict, Afghan refugees are beginning to return home and bring with them waves of migrant literature. The 2014 PEN/Heim Fund Translation winners have been announced, honoring 15 translators and their works. What do you see when you read? Peter Mendelsund takes readers on a journey through their own imaginations in an ex...
  • August 15, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews All of us wish a huge congratulations to the recently named NEA Literary Translation Fellowships, including past WLT contributors Wendy Call, Alex Cigale, Bruce Fulton, and Niloufar Talebi. The Huffington Post will soon be appearing in an Arabic-language edition. Last week the world noted the anniversary of the start of World War I,...
  • August 8, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Since 2011, fierce Taliban rule in Pakistan has silenced traditional Pashtun poets. Now, migrating from the region, a group of about 50 poets are defying their orders, returning to the verses they love to describe their refugee status. Have you heard of the film Snowpiercer? Few know that before it was a hit film, it was a French graphic nov...
  • August 1, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Is literary translation something that can be taught? Translator Katy Derbyshire shares her thoughts on the subject and the BCLT summit. International authors discuss their thoughts on writing in English and expanding their native literature in a recent New York Times piece. For Words Without Borders, translator Esther Allen recentl...
  • July 25, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Hala Salah, the woman behind the only literature review to translate English works into Arabic, is embarking on a brand new venture: audiobooks for the blind. At some point, all of us have struggled to learn a new language. But this creative piece at the New York Times shows that sometimes, the struggle to learn a new skill, like a new langu...
  • July 18, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The seven finalists for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature have been announced! The winning author will be named at the 2014 Neustadt Festival in Norman, Oklahoma. New reports from the author herself reveal that Tibetan political dissident Woeser and her husband, Wang Lixiong, have been placed under house arrest i...
  • June 27, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    We’ll be taking a two-week summer break from our Friday Lit Links, returning on Friday, July 18th. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter @worldlittoday to keep up with all the latest literary news. News, Reviews, and Interviews The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a new Director of Literature: meet Amy Stolls, who will oversee the organization’s grant and fellows...
  • The 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize Jury
    June 20, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The jurors for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s literature have been announced! Read the announcement on the Neustadt Prize website for more information on each juror. In a speech in April 2012, Herta Müller describes the “space between languages,” where the true beauty of translation resides. This week, Charles Wright was...
  • Mahmoud Darwish
    June 13, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews A new film, “Write Down, I Am an Arab,” will tell the story behind Mahmoud Darwish’s greatest love affair, with a Jewish woman he fell for when he was just 22 years old. A new display of Wafaa Bilal’s “Ashes Series” photographs is now on display at the Driscoll Babcock Galleries, displaying tiny dioramas that paint the human cost of...
  • June 6, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The current state and future of Israeli literature (and much of its politics) was showcased at this year’s International Writers Festival, held May 22 in Jerusalem. Kirkus Media, the folks behind the Kirkus Review, recently announced the launch of three new literary prizes, for fiction, nonfiction, and young-reader literature. Disney’s anima...
  • Maya Angelou
    May 30, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week, the world said good-bye to Maya Angelou, beloved author and poet. You can read a tribute to her, which includes photos of her visit to Oklahoma for the 1986 Neustadt Festival, at the WLT blog. Several new Native American reads are available in the 2014 American Indian Catalog by the University of Oklahoma Press. In the first time in the prize’s history, the Independent Foreig...

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